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  • The Girl Who Lived

  • By: Christopher Greyson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,608

10 years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.... As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be - her hometown where the slayings took place. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer - and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me on the edge of my seat

  • By reviewer in Wisconsin on 01-24-19

A good story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-19

A good enough mystery with a really good ending as to ‘whodunit’. Also has psychological integrity. So, too much endless dialogue but a lot of promise. The downside was the narrator; she could not find a full stop in the entire book. Sort of made me crazy😜

  • Gone to Dust

  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,822

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Above Average

  • By wisconsinclark on 11-06-17

This Book is Really Good!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I wasn’t expecting much but ended up Really liking this book. The characters feel real, the plot is believable and keeps you guessing, and I liked everyone in it. Just amazing😂. I certainly recommend it and am now going to go see what else this author has written.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Re-download for final chapter

  • By Townsend on 04-13-18

My Favorite St. Mary’s to Date

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

While I am getting rather tired of Clive Ronin (whose motives become more obscure with each new book), I absolutely loved this book. I loved the long stay in the 14th century, loved the character development. Loved that Max acted more adult than usual. I was sort of hoping she’d stay on there. I highly recommend this book; it’s delightful

  • The Terminal List

  • A Thriller
  • By: Jack Carr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,389

On his last combat deployment, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece's entire team was killed in an ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make way for Jack Carr!!!!

  • By shelley on 03-08-18

This Book Has No Plot

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Neither does it have consistency, realistic dialogue, nor any character development. It doesn’t even have a real ending. I listened to it all because I was bored, but I wish I hadn’t. I’ve felt stupid since I finished it because I didn’t just delete it. It’s not a ‘thriller, it’s a drearily predictable and badly- written snooze.
Sorry to be so negative but honestly, there wasn’t one character in this book I actually believed or liked

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of the Lions

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Swann
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,035

It has been almost 10 years since Matthias graduated from the elite Blackburne School, where his roommate and best friend, Fritz, fled into the woods, never to be heard from again, in the middle of their senior year. Fritz vanished just after an argument over Matthias' breaking of the school's honor code, and Matthias has long been haunted by the idea that his betrayal led to his friend's disappearance. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Blackburne as an English teacher, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the finest books I've heard on Audible!

  • By Kathi on 08-07-17

I’d grade this at about 70%

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I enjoyed parts of this book a great deal but it lacked substance and direction. It had a few appealing characters. However, the plot line was meandering and tenuous. Furthermore, it was psychologically inaccurate.
I did listen all the way through simply because the writing is nicely descriptive. It’s the plot and the underlying psychology that needs development. A good editor could have made this a Great book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,052

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

So Good I’ve Read it Three Times

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Craig Johnson is just a Wonderful writer.
The characters are well-developed and 3 dimensional, the descriptive writing is gorgeous and vivid, and the characters are psychologically and emotionally true to themselves and the human psyche. Long sentence but mostly grammatically correct, I hope.
When you throw George Guidall into this geographical and emotional landscape, this book just catches fire.
The only non-stunning person in the book is ‘Vonnie’, but that’s ok, too.

What I don’t understand is how the TV series can so completely miss the mark and still have viewers. This writer deserves a better TV series, but that’s all I have for negativity here.
The book is wonderful, absolutely at the top of this particular genre. I hope Johnson never stops writing and Guidall never stops narrating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night Moves

  • A Doc Ford Novel, Book 20
  • By: Randy Wayne White
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

The stunning new thriller - the 20th Doc Ford novel - from New York Times best-selling author Randy Wayne White. Both Doc Ford and his friend Tomlinson have buried secrets. Now one of those secrets is about to come alive - with a vengeance. While trying to solve one of Florida's most profound secrets, Doc Ford is the target of a murder attempt by someone who wants to make it look like an accident. Or is the target actually Tomlinson?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What happened to the lean, mean Doc Ford?

  • By Susie on 04-30-13

No coherent story line

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-17

What did you like best about Night Moves? What did you like least?

I liked the dog. But now I don't understand why he was even in the story.
doc returns, dog is gone, end of story. Not that there was one.

Would you be willing to try another book from Randy Wayne White? Why or why not?

Yes, but not with my original enthusiasm

Which scene was your favorite?

None really stand out.

Could you see Night Moves being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No!

Any additional comments?

As I said, there is no real story line in this book. It's a bunch of raggedly connected vignettes at best. Save your $$

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • State of Anger: A Virgil Jones Mystery

  • By: Thomas L. Scott
  • Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

As lead investigator of the Indiana State Police Major Crimes Unit, Detective Virgil Jones tackles only the toughest cases in the state, and the one he faces this time has the city of Indianapolis on edge, near the brink of panic. A team of serial snipers are on the loose. Their killing ground is the city. Their victims are chosen at random. Or are they? With no witnesses and very little evidence, it's up to Virgil Jones and his team to find out who is behind the on-going massacre and stop them once and for all...if they can.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but a very poor narration

  • By Michele B on 06-15-17

Good story but a very poor narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I couldn't finish it. The narrator is just too hard to listen to, even though I did like the story and I liked the main character, for the most part. Listen to this and then listen to say, a John Sandford novel. for comparison. This series has promise, has a long way to go to 'good'

What other book might you compare State of Anger: A Virgil Jones Mystery to and why?

I just compared it, in a very broad way, to John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series. It's nowhere near as well done, but there are some similarities. .

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrators can also make such a huge difference in the presentation of a book. No one as supposedly young as Virgil Jones should sound like an 80 year old who smokes too much. and ewwww...the sex part....

Did State of Anger: A Virgil Jones Mystery inspire you to do anything?

Find a better series to read?? Avoid this narrator....

Any additional comments?

Find a different narrator, please, please. I'd give it another try with a different voice

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fixer

  • Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,929
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,916

Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Assassin with a morals and criteria...

  • By shelley on 12-30-16

Badly written, poorly read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No it was not. I did not, in fact finish it, which is rare for me. I usually hang on until the end to see how things turn out but in this case, I just didn't care.

Has The Fixer turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all, if by 'this genre' you mean mystery/police procedural books. This is just a terrible one.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christina Delaine’s performances?

Nononononononononononononononononononononono!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Could you see The Fixer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

uh, no.

Any additional comments?

The narration was horribly poor. I just want to reiterate that point

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow over the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 2
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855

Detective Nikki Galena's friend and neighbor meets a tragic end, but there's more to his death than meets the eye. And someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter's past is back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoy this series.

  • By Charlotte Araki on 05-27-17

Tedious is the only headline that comes to mind

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would give it a believable plot, first of all. Then, if I was the author, I'd take a course in human psychology. I liked the first book, and looked forward to this one but I am completely disappointed. It's just silly; silly and tedious, and obviously cranked out to fulfill a contract. I'm mad at myself for listening to it, and completely perplexed by those listeners who gave it a good rating. Buyer Beware!

What was most disappointing about Joy Ellis’s story?

The plot and the dialogue. The reader was excellent except she really, really struggles with male voices

Have you listened to any of Henrietta Meire’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure. Did she narrate the first book? I liked that one better; the male voices seemed to be more believable. The dialogue in this one was absolutely dreadful, so possibly she did well with what she had to work with.

Do you think Shadow over the Fens needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not until the author has some real inspiration

1 of 3 people found this review helpful